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Bees and Beekeeping

Asian Hornet Found in Woolacombe

Asian Hornet Found in Woolacombe

A recent sighting of an Asian hornet in Woolacombe, Devon, has been confirmed by the National Bee Unit ‒the first sighting since a nest was discovered and successfully destroyed in Gloucestershire last year. Efforts to identify and destroy any nests are already underway involving a surveillance zone in North Devon; a local control centre in […]

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

A bee-friendly scheme was launched by the Welsh government and Friends of the Earth Cymru at a Wales Biodiversity Partnership conference. Intended to encourage communities to organise in order to help pollinators, the scheme is described as a ‘world first’, providing pollinator-friendly food sources, places for pollinators to live, committing to avoid pesticides that harm […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Asian Hornet Spotted in UK

Asian Hornet Spotted in UK

Defra have confirmed that Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) have finally arrived in the UK. Two have been found in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and this suggests there may be a nest. This has not been located, and it is unclear how the hornets arrived. Although the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to humans than the common […]

By September 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Bees MOT

Bees MOT

Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft magaine and author of several books on keeping bees describes a typical colony inspection – an essential part of a beekeepers job in spring. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/lighting-a-smoker/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-get-bees/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-extract-honey/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/keeping-chickens-happy-in-hot-weather/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/feeding-bees-in-winter/   You have your personal kit; you have your apiary; you have your bees. Now your real bee-keeping experience […]

Beekeeping Training Courses

Beekeeping Training Courses

Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside! It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex […]

Beekeeper’s Calendar for 2016

Beekeeper’s Calendar for 2016

Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of the Haynes Bee Manual rounds up a calendar of jobs for the beekeeper. This is a general guide to major bee-keeping activities. The actual timings will vary according to where you live, so apply local knowledge and common sense. Get into the habit of keeping records […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Get Bees

How to Get Bees

Editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of the Haynes Beekeeping Manual, Claire Waring, looks at how to get bees and become a real bee-keeper See also: What Equipment does beekeeping need Natural Beekeeping and Hives Making Honey   This is one of the most exciting parts of becoming a bee-keeper. You have now done all […]

By November 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Beeswax Candles

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Claire Waring, editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of The Beekeeping Manual demonstrates how to make beeswax candles. See also How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish Candlemaking Upcycling tealights and old candles   MOULDED CANDLES For moulded candles, I recommend the silicone rubber moulds that are readily available from the larger bee equipment suppliers. They […]

By August 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish

How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish

Claire Waring, editor of Beecraft Magazine and author of The BeeKeeping Manual looks at ways of dealing with your beeswax, and how to make beeswax furniture polish and furniture cream. See also: How to Extract Honey How to Make Honey How to Make Real Soap   Although most people think bee-keepers do it for the […]

By August 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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